Opinion: Getafe is the biggest surprise of the season in top five leagues

We don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Getafe is in fourth place on La Liga’s table, which would secure a Champions League football for the club next season.

The Azulones came from behind against Huesca on Saturday night, to win the game 2-1 and seal their 12th victory for the campaign.

They have won 45 points to this point of the season, only six less than the European champions – Real Madrid.

The Deep Blues are four points clear from another team who is surprisingly fighting for top four finish – Alaves. Sevilla sits sixth with 40 points, while their next league opponents – Valencia and Real Betis have 39 and could also join the Champions League race.

Getafe have the third-best defense in the division, conceding only 24 goals – less than both Barcelona an Real Madrid. Their most efficient players are Jaime Mata, who has scored 13 and set up six goals so far this season and the veteran striker – Jorge Molina.

There are only seven players in La Liga who are older than Molina who will be 37 next month but he already has 10 league goals this season. No one in Spain has reached double figures at that age since Ferenc Puskas did it back in the ’60s.

Getafe’s regular starting eleven cost just €4.2m and over half of that went on their record signing, the defender from Togo – Dakonam Djene.

Their manager Jose Bordalas has 25 years of experience in Spanish football. He has made Getafe the team no one wants to play against, as they have committed more fouls than any other team in La Liga.

They have lost only twice (against first-placed Barcelona and second-placed Atletico Madrid) in their last 15 league games in the past three-and-a-half months.

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The Deep Blues have already played European football on two occasions in the history of the club. Their debut was in the UEFA Cup back in the 2007/08 season. Getafe was one of the most pleasant surprises in the competition and reached the quarter-finals, defeating Benfica in the round of 16.

They were knocked out by Bayern Munich in a dramatic second leg in Spain. After both games having finished 1-1 in the regular 90 minutes, the Azulones had a 3-1 lead in the extra-time, but Luca Toni’s brace in the final five minutes sent the Germans into the semi-finals on away goals.

Getafe was also part of the Europa League in 2010/11 but finished third in the group with Odense, Young Boys, and Stuttgart.

However, they are now 11 games away from a sensational qualification in the Champions League. There are 11 cup finals ahead of Jose Bordalas’ boys, including games against their direct contenders for the top four finish – Valencia, Sevilla, and Real Madrid.

Can Getafe survive the pressure and secure their best ever league finish, making the unbelievable dream a reality?

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